Dyson Haul! Our Class 92 Breaks Cover
Exciting times, and indeed it's been a long time coming, but we can finally unveil the first engineering prototype of our second locomotive, the charismatic and complex Class 92!
The birth of the Accurascale model of the Dyson has been almost as complex as the locomotives themselves. Announced in February 2019 at Model Rail Scotland, the 92s were crying out for a top of the line model to match our announcement of the Mark 5 Caledonian Sleeper coaches (more news on them soon, we promise!).
Being the geeks for detail that we are, we really wanted to push the envelope for this model. As you can see from the roof detail above, we have really gone all out, even securing the service of a Class 92 expert (who will remain nameless, but he knows who he is and we can never thank him enough!). So much so, that when the factory we selected to do the model saw our technical specs and what we wanted they put their hands up and said they couldnt do it.
So, we had to start all over again with a new factory. Thankfully, we had the full support and assistance of ESU to help us with this project. They've been invaluable in helping us with the complex lighting arrangements, as well the operating pantographs, which will feature full ESU tech. This truly is a continental standard of locomotive!
About those pantographs! Well, they're currently being tested on another sample by ESU, and we will have a full video update in the coming weeks demonstrating their operation and functionality, so keep an eye out for that! We think you will find them most impressive indeed.
Details are key on any new model, and the Class 92 certainly doesn’t disappoint, particularly in the roof section. The complex collection of equipment has been caught superbly, with a large array of separately applied detail mirroring the prototypes. Etched grills also add an extra level of finesse and detail to the Dysons, as well as etched windscreen wipers, providing a top of the line model these interesting, complex and charismatic beasts deserve.
Several areas of the model are in need of improvement, including the cabside window area, bogie detail, as well as extensive testing and look of the pantographs. These areas will be rectified on the production models, so don't worry! Details like the front airdam will be included on the final models.
The weighty prototype samples feature a large 5 pole skew-wound motor with twin flywheels, helical cut gearing for smoothness and all-wheel drive, and is currently undergoing performance testing and assessment.
Prices for the Class 92 are £160 for DCC ready, and DCC Sound fitted (with Legomanbiffo sounds) is £250. The delivery date for the Class 92 is now slated for Q1 2021, COVID19 permitting. A full video demonstrating the Class 92 operating pantographs and a further update will be available on our website and YouTube channel in the coming weeks, so make sure you subscribe and don't miss out! In the meantime here is a preview video of the loco in action in 3rd rail mode!
You can secure your order for these impressive models for just £30 deposit by clicking here!